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Discussion in 'Off Topic / Chit-Chat' started by Greg's Pea, 27 Mar 2012.

  1. Greg's Pea

    Greg's Pea Member

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    Hi everyone,

    I've noticed on a few forums that a lot of people come from an engineering, technical or scientific background. Wondering how far this goes got me thinking of the standard issue aquarist, where have you folks came from/do now?

    Myself; I've got a Microbiology degree from Glasgow, spent a few years working in labs (micro/biotech), worked a few more years in technical sales (potable/boiler/sewage treatment, legionella control), few years teaching Secondary Science and A-level Biology and now I work in Business Strategy Consultancy (unsurprisingly, covering the areas I've previously worked in).


    Look forward to hearing from the rest of you chaps and ladies :thumbup:
     
  2. ian_m

    ian_m Global Moderator Staff Member

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    Degree in electronics.
     
  3. hinch

    hinch Member

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    meng embedded electronics & business studies
    msci comp science & artificial intelligence

    been managing director of my own software company for 15 years now.
     
  4. Christie_ZXR

    Christie_ZXR Member

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    Mine's a bit boring. No important qualifications to speak of, worked in a family business all my life. I've got a little art and craft shop now and I teach cardmaking in the evenings.
    I do do my own motorcycle maintenence for the most part though, as long as it's the easy bits! Which is sort of engineering, in a very roundabout way :lol:
     
  5. spyder

    spyder Member

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    Now for something totally boring.

    I left school with a C&G in catering, had a few nonsense jobs. Was a Dj for a few years in Ibiza during the early 90's.

    I suppose my career nowadays is mechanical/electrical maintenance on 10 pin bowling machinery. Been at it now a little over 13 years.

    I have just started a business up with my partner making candles which started from a kit I got her for Xmas.
     
  6. Skatersav

    Skatersav Member

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    I'm an international arms dealer.
     
  7. awtong

    awtong Member

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    I have a Biochemistry degree and currently work for a Scientific / Electronics company.

    Andy
     
  8. Morgan Freeman

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    Hist/Soc Degree.

    I have a bigger interest in science now though, mainly evolutionary biology. Have done for the last 5/6 years.
     
  9. geaves

    geaves Member

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    Spent most of my life in the Hotel and Catering industry, started life as a chef and ended as a hotel manager, now do IT support for my wife's school and trade forex from home.
     
  10. MrLarner

    MrLarner Member

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    brain surgeon.
     
  11. Wallace

    Wallace Member

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    No qualifications at all, worked in a factory when I was 18 making air con parts for Denso / Toyota ( that's my engineering bit) then worked at Heathrow for Cathay Pacific.

    Last job was assistant manager for a kitchen company, I'm now a full time carer for my fiancés autistic son.
     
  12. Greg's Pea

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    Cool, you work in that field now?

    Fully automated self cleaning tank, that is determined to hook itself up to the internet? I think skynet would have been a bit more passe if it had a fish or two in it.

    Boring?! You've never had a long conversation with me!! Now that's boring.

    Someone else not realising how cool their job sounds!

    Try supplying hands as an add-on sell?

    I was torn over biochem/immunology & micro so I took the easy option!

    My favourite part of the curriculum to teach when I was doing that, Microbial evolution - not every bodies cup of tea!

    I couldn't come from the North East and not have spent at least some time working for Nissan, I had the joy of being a seat belt packer and then moved up to seat rubber - good times...

    Well so far it seems fairly technical backgrounds for most - interesting stuff! (or am I just very easily pleased?) o_O

    Cheers for sharing folks :thumbup:
     
  13. Ian Holdich

    Ian Holdich Global Moderator Staff Member

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    Degree in adult nursing studies and in charge of a cardio-respiratory ward.
     
  14. Gary Nelson

    Gary Nelson Member

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    Cisco IT Engineer - buttons, screens and more buttons :woot:
     
  15. Ady34

    Ady34 Global Moderator Staff Member

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    :lol: :lol: :lol:

    Degree in Geography,..... didnt know what to do with that so entered the family business of car body repairs.... have been there for the last 14 years.
    Cheerio,
    Ady.
     
  16. OllieNZ

    OllieNZ Member

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    Trained as an Aircraft/Composites Tech with the NZ airforce. Since getting out I've done boat building, pool cleaning, car windscreen/bodyglass fitting and currently working for an engineering firm doing CNC machining and learning to use CAD/CAM
     
  17. foxfish

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    Left school at 14, trained as a boat builder for 5 years, managed a koi farm come tourist attraction for 5 years.
    Went self employed at 28 years old building koi ponds & developed my own company into specialist garden design business.
    Sold up the business including a retail outlet about 10 years ago & started working part time building carbon components & handmade furniture.
    Now I don't work to much but, I still keep busy building bespoke carbon spear guns.
    I have kept a few maintenance contracts going on the bigger ponds that can keep me occupied during the summer but basically I have retired :thumbup:
     
  18. dw1305

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    Hi all,
    A bit of farm work, followed by degree in Botany, a couple of years working as a nurseryman, and a few months as a Brickie's mate, further degree in Horticulture, (I looked at a horticultural use as a potting for "Spent Mushroom Compost" with some money from Heinz). After about 2 years I told Heinz there wasn't one and they kindly removed my money.

    A couple of years working in the Horticultural department of a well known University in Bath, until it went belly-up (the Dept., not the University), followed by 22 years looking after a small lab & growing facility in a less well known University in Bath. I also do a bit of Environmental Consultancy and some data analysis for other people.

    cheers Darrel
     
  19. Greg's Pea

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    You've got to love the way research grants work, with the frequent "but, that's not what I wanted you to find out!!"

    One of my favourite moments was running a small lab commercially growing Nitrobacter/Nitrosomonas sp for waste treatment and Basillus sp for fat degradation; the company director thought a sales boost could be had by "making" the bacteria a nice bright pink colour, as surely more people would buy it then?
     
  20. somethingfishy

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    Degree in contemporary arts then ended up as an electrician !

    plus the usual jobs growing up pot washer, bar man, labourer and sales assistant

    wanted to put astronaught :)
     

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